Tinubu, Akande, Osoba, Fayemi, others urge Ondo APC unity

LEADERS of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest were in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday to reconcile the party’s feuding.

On the peace team were former Lagos, Ogun and Osun states governors Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Aremo Segun Osoba and Chief Bisi Akande as well as Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi.

They met with Governor Oluwarotimi Akredolu and other critical stakeholders of the local APC at the Heritage Hotel.

The meeting was at the instance of the host governor, it was learnt.

Other party stakeholders at the meeting were former Ondo Deputy Governor Alhaji Alli Olanusi; a governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last governorship election, Chief Olusola Oke; former Osun State Regional Integration Commissioner Bola Ilori and Isaac Kekemeke, among others.

Akeredolu, it was learnt, will be seeking the APC ticket for a second term after the expiration of his four-year tenure next year. The governor has not made his ambition public.

There was tight security at the venue as reporters and politicians, including the governor’s aides, were barred from entering.

The meeting lasted for almost four hours.

Although the resolutions reached at the meeting were not made public, it was learnt that a faction of the party that was against Akeredolu insisted on the dissolution of the party’s states executive.

Tinubu and Akande reportedly pleaded with the two factions to unite and allow peace to reign for party to retain the Sunshine State for the APC.

Speaking after the parley, Tinubu said the meeting was to restore peace and unity to the APC ahead of the next governorship election.

The APC explained that the Southwest leaders were in the state to resolve some issues that could affect the party’s fortunes.

Stating that such issues were not alien to politics, Tinubu urged leaders and members of the party not to destroy the house which they built by themselves.

According to him, the party leaders must unite as one so as to win in future elections.

He said: “We are leaving one thing behind. Charity must begin at home. We want to win the next election in Ondo State and other subsequent elections. The solution is in your hands. We want to thank you for your commitment to the party.”

Akande, who was APC’s interim National Chairman, urged the APC leaders and supporters to settle their differences in the interest of the party and future elections.

Also yesterday, the Chairman of the APC Elders Forum in Ondo, Senator Nimbe Farukanmi, cautioned gladiators against further polarisation of the fold.

The elder statesman warned that the consequences of a divided APC would not benefit any individual or group professing to love the party.

The Second Republic senator said: “I want to make a personal appeal to all stakeholders in the party to team up and promote peace. APC in Ondo State should not be allowed or encouraged to be divided.”

He spoke when he hosted the State APC Chairman, Ade Adetimehin.

Farunkanmi said: “We should encourage unity so that we can be together; our strength lies in unity, and working towards the same goal.

He commended Adetimehin and the State Working Committee for going round the state to effect reconciliation, even at the grassroots, describing the move as a worthy effort.

“It is a good thing that you are going round the state and reconciling aggrieved members of the party. I will only advise that you make sure the move is genuine and total,” Farukanmi said.

Adetimehin described the former senator as a political role model.

He said: “Baba Farukanmi has made his mark on the political scene, both in Ondo State and in Nigeria as a whole. Baba should be looked up to for advice, good conducts and behaviour.”

Credit : The Nations


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